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Two decades of data reveal overall increase in pain, opioid use among U.S. adults

 Researchers measured pain’s impact on normal work activities, people’s health status, and health care use.

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Study helps solve mystery of how sleep protects against heart disease

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Addressing Social Isolation To Improve the Health of Older Adults: A Rapid Review

Purpose of Review

To rapidly evaluate the effect of interventions targeting social isolation/loneliness in community-dwelling older adults (60 years and older) on outcomes of social isolation/loneliness, health and health care utilization.

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NIH study provides answer to long-held debate on blood sugar control after stroke

Findings may have immediate impact on clinical practice.

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Nearly half of US adults have cardiovascular disease, study says

(CNN) - Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association, defining the condition as coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke or high blood pressure.

And after decades of declines, deaths from cardiovascular disease are on the rise again, with 840,678 deaths recorded in 2016, up from 836,546 in 2015, according to the association's annual report Heart and Stroke Statistics,, published Thursday in the medical journal Circulation.

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Have you had a conversation about cholesterol?

Cholesterol can be one of the most confusing health topics.

It’s really no wonder. A blood lipid profile yields a lot of daunting numbers tied to unwieldy technical terms like “low-density lipoprotein” and “triglycerides.” It can be a challenge to understand how food, physical activity, and family history influence those numbers. This confusion—and lots of misinformation from the Internet and other sources—surely contributes to the fact that half of adults who could benefit from cholesterol-lowering medicines (statins) don’t take them.

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Opioids Training Modules

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) launched two new opioid trainings that support providers in safer prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. The modules are part of a series of interactive online trainings that feature recommendations from the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, clinical scenarios, tools, and resource libraries to enhance learning. The modules offer free continuing education.

Source: CMS.gov